The group’s mentoring program, launched in 2023, aims to put members in direct contact with senior leaders – and, ultimately, to increase Hispanic and Latino representation at the senior executive level.
“We’re really trying to grow our executive presence in the senior leadership team overall,” said Esther Casas, the RTX HOLA global co-chair. “We feel sometimes it’s easy to be overseen or overlooked, and we feel this will help hopefully provide some of that network and visibility our culture needs to be successful.”
The mentoring program launched with 40 junior-level employees and was so well received they’re doing it again with a second cohort of 30, Casas said. Participants provide a career plan, then meet with their mentors monthly. And, as the group has found, they’re staying in touch with their mentors even after completing the program.
“These are relationships that will build on a lasting career for a lot of these folks,” said Casas, an associate director in mission supplier quality at Collins Aerospace. “We’re really excited about that.”
In a separate but related initiative, RTX HOLA offers a professional development series that includes advice on patenting intellectual property, completing a career development plan and finding advocates among colleagues and supervisors – “that person who can speak up for you when you can’t speak up for yourself,” as Casas put it.